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Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Laikipia, Northern Kenya

(Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy is located in the Northern foothills of Mount Kenya about 250 Kilometers Northeast of Nairobi. Lewa Downs is some 65 Kilometers North of Nanyuki in an area known as Laikipia. From Nairobi, you can either drive to Lewa Downs via Nanyuki (about 4 hours), or take a light plane to Lewa Downs airstrip (about 45 minutes)



Lewa Downs

Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya


Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Activities

Lewa Downs Conservancy Mt. Kenya views from Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy


Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy was once a cattle ranch; it then became a heavily guarded black rhino sanctuary, and it is now the headquarters for a non-profit wildlife conservancy, which has gained a world-wide reputation for extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders.


Lewa Downs Conservancy is a Private Game Sanctuary in the Northern District of Kenya. This is an area of open plains, long, waving yellowy-gray grasses and gently rolling hills, rising in the distance.


As one of Kenya's major private conservation successes located at the foot of Mt. Kenya, Lewa Downs Conservancy has been the Craig family home since 1924 when the Craig grandparents came from England and began raising cattle here. "Leave room for the wildlife" has been the Craig ethic, as the area is committed to the conservation of wildlife and diverse habitats found on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya.


Endangered species abound in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, most famous around the world for their rhino conservation. In 1995 the Craig family turned their entire farm on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya into the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, with a mandate to protect and conserve the wildlife of Kenya.


They had to convince the local communities to stop seeing animals as competition for their cattle's grazing and instead see them as a source of income. This was achieved and many fences were taken down and old migration routes were re-opened to the animals.


Lewa Downs Conservancy is now an area of outstanding natural beauty with the Lewa River giving life to dense woodland and patches of open savannah providing the perfect habitat for a whole range of Kenya's animals.



Lewa Safari Camp in Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Safari Camp in Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Wilderness Camp in Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Wilderness Camp in Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy

Borana Lodge in Lewa Downs Wildlife ConservancyBorana Lodge in Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy


Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Accommodation

Lewa Downs Conservancy Community development projects have also proved successful, and nearby areas have benefited from the Conservancy's experience and support. Il Ngwesi is a 16,500 acre (6,677ha) group ranch, which now includes a lodge, is owned and run by the Laikipiak Masai. All profits are returned to the community who are now avid supporters of conservation.


Lewa Downs Conservancy has developed a range of activities for its visitors, allowing people to get actively involved in conservation and community projects. On the wildlife side these include day and night game drives and nature walks, horse and camel rides, visits to Lewa's orphaned animals and horseback rhino patrol for experienced riders.


You can also accompany the lion tracker to collect data on the resident lion population or head for the Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve in search of black and white colobus monkeys.


On the education/community side you can visit schools, water schemes and other community development projects or visit Lewa's prehistoric archaeological site where stone hand axes are common and date back approximately 800,000-1 million years.


Lewa Downs Conservancy in Kenya leads the way in the transformation of private farms into Wildlife Reserves and the safari experience in these places is quite unique.


You are often hosted by the owners and welcomed to a select lodge catering for a small number of guests. Your guides are usually people who know the area intimately, which gives a greater depth to the whole experience.



Grevy Zebra's in Lewa Downs Conservancy, Kenya

Grevy Zebra's in Lewa Downs Conservancy, Kenya

Aquatic sitatunga antelope in Lewa Downs Conservancy

Aquatic Sitatunga Antelope in Lewa Downs Conservancy

Lewa Downs Gamedrives by Horse Back Riding Lewa Downs Game Drives by Horse Back Riding


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Animals & Birds

Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy has grown and now supports an impressive array of wildlife, much of it indigenous to the area. Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy 45,000 acre (18,211ha) area has more than 25% of the world's threatened Grevy's zebra (there are approximately only 3,000 left).


At the end of 2002, eight new precious rhino calves were born (4 white and 4 black rhino), bringing the steadily increasing numbers to a healthy 32 indigenous black rhino and 33 white rhino.


There are of course a host of other animals native to this part of East Africa including elephants and reticulated giraffe who have bred so successfully, that Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy was faced with an over population and had to relocate some of them.


There are thought to be only about 50 shy aquatic sitatunga antelope in Kenya and Lewa Plains has about 20 living in the swampy riverine areas of the reserve. Other antelope to be seen in some numbers are eland, oryx, impala and waterbuck. Predators are not here in great numbers but lion, leopard and hyena are around.




Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Seasons

The days are usually hot and dry and the nights quite cool. Typical Kenya seasons go something like this:
Rainy Season: The long hot and humid rainy period starts around April and lasts until June and then the short rains come during the warm months of November and December.

Dry Season: January through to March is hot and dry, while July to October are warm and dry. The warm dry season is the best for game viewing and for personal comfort.

Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Highlights

* Grevy's zebras

* Black and White rhino
* Aquatic sitatunga antelope
* Rolling hills and riverine habitats

Lewa Downs Conservancy Access

Lewa Downs can be accessed by road From Nanyuki town head north, reaching the Isiolo-Meru junction 50 Kilometers. Turn left taking the road to Isiolo. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Mutunda Gate) on left, 7 Kilometers from junction.




Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Accommodation

Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Safaris, Tours & Trips


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